“unequivocally entitled to permanent Senate Press Gallery credentials and is determined to secure them.” – reitbart spokesman Chad Wilkinson
News organizations seeking credentials for its reporters must be editorially independent of any institution or interest group that lobbies the federal government. The committee can reject applicants that fail to provide the information needed to make that verification.
Committee declines to give Breitbart permanent creds today want more info – now debating how to extend temp credentials
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 27, 2017
According to BuzzFeed, three Breitbart reporters currently have temporary passes, and a fourth applied for one on Tuesday morning. But in tabling the application, the committee declined to extend temporary passes for Breitbart beyond their May 31 expiration date.
“The whole thing suggests to me they are not ready for a credential,” one committee member said during the meeting. He added that he couldn’t recall devoting this much time to any applicant, and that the committee was acting in good faith throughout the process.
Breitbart has given favorable coverage to el-Gindy, a former member of the Egyptian parliament who is affiliated with the political party backed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, according to the Daily Beast. One Breitbart story labeled el-Gindy a “senior Egyptian statesman” who “has played a pivotal role in the revolutions against former President Hosni Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
El-Gindy and Breitbart are the subject of a complaint filed with the Justice Department in 2016. The complaint, whose source is unidentified, alleged that el-Gindy rented his townhouse to Breitbart at below-market rates while Breitbart promoted his political career, all without disclosing their financial relationship, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the Daily Beast reported.
Breitbart is a conservative media outlet that was headed by Steve Bannon before he joined the Trump administration as a chief strategist and senior counsellor.
The Chicago Tribune adds:
Bannon – who once boasted that Breitbart was “the platform for the alt-right” – is now Trump’s chief strategist; he formally resigned from Breitbart last fall. (The term alt-right typically refers to a far-right movement whose followers hold racist, anti-Semitic and sexist beliefs and who desire a whites-only state. But in a later interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bannon sought to define the term differently, saying the alt-right is composed of “younger people who are anti-globalists, very nationalist, terribly anti-establishment.”)
Committee chairman Billy House says questions have centred on whether several top editors at Breitbart are actively engaged by or affiliated with advocacy groups.
Breitbart did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.